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Need advice about upgrading speakers ( it might be the last one i own).
most of these people are telling you Revel this or that and for them it worked but they probably can't afford a better speaker.LOLNot to detract from Focal and B&W, but to dis Revel as a low budget option in favor of Focal or B&W is absurd... 
Absolute top tier DAC for standard res Redbook CD
I am certain there was a new Aurender unit shown at Munich which incorporated a CD ripper.  I can't come up with the source but I will keep looking. 
Cardas Clear Beyond Interconnects ?
dbarkovicDescribing what you want to improve.....you might try an Audioquest interconnect with silver conductors.  I am now using AQ Fire, but used AQ Niagara for a couple years also.  FWIW I had Cardas Golden Reference interconnects to compare wi... 
Best imaging up to 3k used?
Look at a used Mytek Manhattan.  Very clean, uncolored sound, has both digital and analog pre-amp. 
Advice on Revel Ultimate Studio2 Ex-Demo Purchase
Revel customer service is excellent, and even outside of warranty they are great to work with, plus their parts are reasonably priced.  My only suggestion would be that even at 50% off on the Studio 2's, you are scratching pretty close to what use... 
Subwoofer for classical music listener
The B&W DB1 is a really great sub..... dual 12" drivers, easy to integrate and built like a rock.  Good aesthetics too.  They have an updated version coming out this summer with several changes to the amps and driver material, but also giving ... 
Audioquest Niagara 5000 or 7000
I have the Niagara 5000. I’d say it definitely has no negative impact, but in my situation it certainly wasn’t a life changer. I do think we have clean power here so for someone with dirty power it might make a bigger difference. What you do get, ... 
Bricasti M1 DAC vs PS Audio Direct Stream DAC
Have you seen the new Bricasti M5 network player? 
Anyone using a Mytek Brooklyn or Manhattan (I or II) DAC as a preamplifier?
I am driving a Jeff Rowland 625 directly with a Mytek Manhattan to great effect via the analog volume control.  Manhattan II is said to have a superior volume control.  I think Mytek would pair great with a Pass amp. 
Amplifier Upgrade Decision
4425 has offered a good suggestion in the used D'Agostino S200, but ricred1 also has brought up the Rowland 625 s2 which should be close to your budget and is a superlative amplifier.  Can't go wrong with Pass either but I think the D'Agostino and... 
Considering these USB cables.
Look at Curious Cable from Australia.  A well known best in class USB cable that should well exceed those mentioned in your list.  Shop used and I think you can stay within your budget for a .8 meter cable. 
Best integrated from this list...
I had a MF M6si for a couple years and thought it was excellent.....I imagine the M3si would be the same.  Among the other suggestions made here I think it would be hard to go wrong with Ayre. 
Paradigm and Revel
You'll have no regrets on those F206's..... 
New Revel 208 BE, giant killer?
I'm sure they will be great, but I think it will be hard to ever beat the cost/performance of the original F208's. People have no idea what they are missing..... 
Integrated Amps with Phono for $3000 or less (or separate phono and Integrated)
Some pretty good recommendations already including Hegel, Parasound, and Rogue.  I'd also look at the Musial Fidelity M6si integrated.....$3K retail....I had it for two years and it is a really great amp for them money.  Has a built in phono stage...